Messier 78 (North Up, East Left)
Messier 78, also known as NGC 2068, is part of a system of nebulae in the constellation of Orion. It has a diameter of ~3 light-years and lies at a distance of ~1,600 light-years. Messier 78 is the eastern part, NGC2067 is the northwestern part and NGC2064 is the southwestern part. The dark nebula Lynds 1627 runs in between Messier 78, NGC2067 and NGC2064, northeast to southwest. The first image comprises 10 x Luminance (60 seconds each) and 5 x Red, Green and Blue (60, 60 and 48 seconds each), 0.5m f/2.9 ASA Astrograph with FLI ML3200 camera at an altitude of 55 degrees on 25 January 2017. The field of view is 34’ x 23’. The second and third images comprise 6 x Luminance (300 seconds each), 0.101m f/5.4 Tele Vue refractor with FLI ML16200 camera at an altitude of 50 degrees on 26 February 2017. The fields of view are 132’ x 132’ (2.2 degrees square) and 42’ x 42’, respectively.
Hills Observatory: 1 January 2013 to 28 December 2020